“People are taught to love themselves regardless of their performance. Thus, they justify mediocrity.”
This represents a disturbing jump in logic. I hope that people try to love themselves in spite of, not “regardless,” of their performance.
If you tear yourself down because you didn’t perform as well as you wanted, or because you didn’t perform better than most, then the amount of hope, self worth and stamina you have access to diminishes.
I’m not aware of any movement that supports the search for self esteem — at any period in time — suggesting that lowering the bar as it regards one’s potential is an acceptable trade off for increased self esteem. In fact, one of the most cited reasons for increasing self esteem is so that one maybe become capable of achieving more.
I like a lot of your points in this article, but I think you take it a little to far at the end, where you seem to suggest that some version of “insecure yet successful” is better than “self accepting yet average” — because I would definitely disagree with you there. (And so would someone well educated in psychology and statistics, I suspect.)